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Things to do in Long Beach this weekend, including… motorcycle shows and vintage markets • the Hi-lo

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And the Acura Grand Prix is ​​back this year. So soon, we know. But on the plus side, that means Thunder Thursday is back at Pike Outlets.

If motorized vehicles aren’t really your thing, that’s cool, we’ve also found a few art galleries, some nifty marts, and some performance arts to consider.

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“HIDDEN: LIFE WITH CALIFORNIA’S ROMA FAMILIES” BOOK SIGNING – PAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (Thursday)

Machvaya Nation boys dance at a tomnyála, or engagement party in North Hollywood in 1991. The 14-year-old bride-to-be is pictured second from left. Photo by Cristina Salvador Klenz

Local photojournalist Cristina Salvador Klenz has dedicated years of her life to photographing Roma families in Southern California. Now, 30 years later, 120 of his black and white photographs, taken on 35mm film, will be published in his photography book “Hidden: Life with California’s Roma Families” by Brown Paper Press.

Klenz’s book echoes Josef Koudelka’s seminal work “Gypsies” who documented Roma society between 1962 and 1971 in Czechoslovakia (Bohemia, Moravia and Slovakia), Romania, Hungary, France and Spain. Today, American Roma society is spreading with “Hidden: Life with California’s Roma Families,” in a collection that includes photographs highlighting the effects of illiteracy, poverty, and intergenerational trauma, some of which have been taken on Long Beach families.

A launch party celebrating the release will be held at the Page Against the Machine Bookstore from 7-9pm on Thursday, April 7, where you can meet Klenz and hear him talk about the process of documenting Roma communities. The event is free, no RSVP is required. Learn more about Klenz and her new book, here.

Page against the machine is at 2714 E.Fourth St.

THUNDER THURSDAY – PIKE OUTLETS (Thursday)

Stunt motorcycles perform during Thunder Thursday at the Pike Outlets, a free festival presented by the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, which annually marks the start of race weekend on Thursday, September 23, 2021. Photo by Stephen Carr.

The annual Grand Prix launch event, Thunder Thursday, returns to the Pike Outlets this year with all the motorcycle stunt shows, pit stop competitions and classic car shows that made the event nightlife a local pastime for the past decade.

Guests can also expect food stalls, a beer garden, and live music and DJs. The event is free and takes place from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7.

Car park will be available at The Pike Outlets parking structure on Chestnut Place near Ocean Boulevard. Click here for more information.

The Pike Outlets is located at 95 S. Pine Ave.

OPERA “THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO” – CAL STATE LONG BEACH (Thursday – Sunday)

Soprano Lauryn Jessup as the Countess in ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ makes her Cal State Long Beach debut on April 7, 2022. Photo courtesy of Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Opera Institute.

Cal State Long Beach students from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music Opera will debut a reimagined production of Mozart’s classic opera, “The Marriage of Figaro,” setting its wayward cast preparing for a wedding in the 1950s ( rather than in the 1780s).

But what’s also unique about this production is where it will be staged: Outdoors, a first for the university. Attendees will see the show under a newly erected tent on the terrace of Daniel Recital Hall. Below, on a grassy slope, a live orchestra and the cast will perform.

The production is led by former Long Beach Opera Artistic Director Andreas Mitisek, well known in the opera world for his creativity and use of non-traditional performance spaces. So, we’re betting the show will be something pretty special.

“The Marriage of Figaro” will take place from Thursday April 7 to Sunday April 10. Tickets are $25 or $15 for students. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

Cal State Long Beach is located at 1250 Bellflower Blvd.

LONG BEACH PAINTING EXHIBITION – LBCG GALLERY (Friday – Sunday)

Artist Bob Murrin’s painting ‘Covid Concert’ depicts local violinist Jordan Busa performing an outdoor concert. Photo courtesy of Long Beach Creative Group.

In December, the Long Beach Creative Group, a local gallery located in Bluff Heights, invited local professional and student artists to submit works representative of Long Beach.

This exhibition titled “Painted Long Beach” now invites visitors to discover 58 works – photographs, watercolors, drawings and mixed media pieces – submitted by 44 local artists.

The exhibition, to which access is free, is open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Friday to Sunday until April 30. Click here for more information.

Long Beach Creative Group/Rod Briggs Gallery is located at 2221 E. Broadway.

GRAND OPENING OF THE DAINTY DISCO BOUTIQUE – NORTH LONG BEACH (Saturday)

Dainty Disco has been helping local artists and creators come together for a decade, and now the Latina-owned business is opening its first brick-and-mortar in North Long Beach.

In the shop, customers can discover handmade products, such as clothing, jewelry and art objects made by 25 local manufacturers and brands.

The grand opening of Dainty Disco will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The first 25 guests will receive a gift. Click here for more information.

Dainty Disco is at 5659 Atlantic Ave.

ROBO-TECH FESTIVAL – LONG BEACH CITY COLLEGE (Sunday)

In this file photo: Students use computers to design projects at Jordan High School as part of ACE Academy on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022. Photo by Brandon Richardson.

To celebrate National Robotics Week, Shared Science, a local STEM-ed youth nonprofit, is hosting its 9th annual Robo-Tech Festival, inviting kids (K-5) and families to participate in a variety of workshops and activities that explore science, technology, engineering, and math at Long Beach City College on Sunday, April 10.

Some of the workshops incorporate Lego building, others teach basic coding, and some focus on using everyday objects to teach physics. To view the full list of courses, click here. Classes are free or inexpensive (between $3 and $8).

Long Beach City College is located at 4901 E. Carson St.

VINTAGE RECUERDOS MARKET – BAMBOO CLUB (Sunday)

A customer browses a selection of handmade goods at the Recuerdo Vintage Market at Bamboo Club. Photo courtesy of Bamboo Club.

On Sunday, April 10, a variety of Los Angeles-based vintage labels and vendors take over the Bamboo Club’s terrace outdoor space for the Recuerdo Vintage Market.

Visitors can shop vintage fashion, collector vinyl, memorabilia, antique pottery, home decor, jewelry and more. And, when you’re in Rome (and you’re over 21), why not grab a tiki cocktail so you can sip while you shop?

Recuerdo Vintage Market is from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Bamboo Club is located at 3522 E. Anaheim St.